- the act of entangling.
- the state of being entangled.
- something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication.
- something that entangles or is itself entangled
- a sexual relationship regarded as unfortunate, damaging, or compromising
1640s, from entangle + -ment. Foreign entanglements does not appear as such in Washington’s Farewell Address, though he nonetheless warns against them. The phrase is found in William Coxe’s 1798 memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole.